Player Rankings For The NBA Draft

NBA Draft Player Rankings

6/28/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

So I already did my NBA Mock Draft a couple days ago, but that was based on what I think teams will do considering position need and their own beliefs. Now I'm gonna hit you with my rankings of players based on who I think will be the best in the NBA.

There will likely be some stuff in here that you don't agree with, but keep in mind how often top picks are awful and later picks turn into good players (Joe Smith was drafted first overall, Kobe Bryant drafted 13th and immediately traded for Vlade Divac).

- this means that I think the player has a decent chance of passing several of the players ranked ahead of him, but not a good enough chance for me to rank him any higher.

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis speaks at a press conference after the finals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four against the Kansas Jayhawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kentucky won 67-59. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE1. PF Anthony Davis (Kentucky): How could I not? I completely buy into the hype that surrounds this kid. He's an incredibly smart, long, athletic kid with a good feel for the game. He's showed improvement with his post moves and looks like he may be able to develop a decent jump shot. Though he does need to bulk up, he plays stronger than he looks. My favorite thing about Davis, however, is that this kid is the complete opposite of a diva. He just wants to win. He doesn't care how it looks, he knows that in the end people remember the champions. He doesn't mess around with wristbands and shooting sleeves. Hell, he doesn't even bother to shave his unibrow. He just puts on his jersey and shorts, goes out on the court and dominates.

2. SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky): He's got some raw aspects to his game (jump shot, ball handling), but keep in mind he's still only 18 years old. He should be finishing up high school right now. Instead, he's sitting at No. 2 in my rankings. He's an incredibly energetic, athletic kid who gets up at the rim as well as anyone in this draft. His weaknesses are easily fixable with practice and experience. And, like Davis, MKG loves winning. He is extremely competitive but doesn't get caught up in the moment by trying to do too much. I've heard multiple analysts say his ceiling is Scottie Pippen.
December 7, 2011; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators guard Brad Beal (23) grabs a rebound during the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators won 78-72 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
3. SG Bradley Beal (Florida): I watched a decent amount of Florida games this year because my buddy goes to school there, and every time Brad Beal would do something new to impress me. He'd go up to the rim for a big dunk. He'd knock down a couple threes. He'd hit a cutter for an easy bucket. He'd lock someone down on defense. On top of that, he was playing out of position for most of the year (playing SF, is really a SG) because of teammates Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton. I think Beal has got a real complete game, and in a league that doesn't have many great shooting guards he could be one of the better ones.
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